Error importing object

Admitted noob here, but i know enough to get around.

i bought a model of a book off of turbosquid in obj and 3ds format.

in blender i went to file>import and in both cases got essentially this error…

unicode error
codec can’t encode character ‘\xba’ in position 88
ordinal not in range

any help appreciated

you could try downloading Google Sketchup (free) and importing in your model then exporting a 3D Collada object, then import into Blender. I get mixed results when using Colloda and OBJs.